WEAKNESS IS STRENGTH
I think most people realize the plight of Uganda – the country where we will be moving soon. Uganda faces incredible challenges such as sickness, disease, poverty and squalor. In Uganda the United States is recognized as a strong economic country where good health, opportunity, success, pleasure, food and fun exist. Some of the Ugandan people believe, “If we could only get to the United States, our lives would be much better, much happier.”
But is that belief true? During the time of the prophet Isaiah, it was Egypt that was the Land of Opportunity, the Land of Success, the Land of Security. God warns Israel through the prophet Isaiah in chapter 30 of depending upon and trusting in other nations (Egypt, in Israel’s case) for their strength, defense and hope.
Like modern day Ugandans, have we trusted in the values and principles of the United States to solve our problems? Have we trusted in the values of our own “land” and society to bring us happiness, comfort and peace? Just as God warned Israel then, He warns us (Ugandans, Americans and others) today about that false sense of security and peace found in trusting other things, other countries, other religions, other values and institutions, instead of Him.
God promises in Isaiah when we turn and come to see the reality of God’s love and care for us, “Then you will destroy all your silver idols and your precious gold images. You will throw them out like filthy rags, saying to them, “Good riddance!” (Isaiah 30:22 NLT)
When God’s love is fully realized and accepted, He becomes our everything. He is our source of strength, no matter where we live. No matter our plight or situation.
God’s Kingdom is about our weakness finding His strength. If you have about 10 minutes, click on this link http://vimeo.com/33616313 to watch a video about God’s “upside down Kingdom” – a Kingdom where God’s strength (no ours, not our nation’s) is exalted.